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ARCHIVE - 27 February 2013

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Business

Lot 1 of Buglaria's Struma Highway Could Be Completed Jun 1
Children 'Utilized' in Support of Varna Mayor
Bulgarian-Italian Tie-In Contracted for Struma Highway Lot 2
Nouriel Roubini Warns High Growth Crucial for Bulgaria
Electricity Prices in Bulgaria to Drop on March 1 – Outgoing Minister
CEZ Says No Reasons to Worry as Gendarmerie Storm Sofia HQ
Gendarmerie Storm Power Distributor CEZ HQ in Sofia
Bulgarian Parliament Confirms Decision to Scrap Belene N-Plant
Prosecutors Enter Premises of 3 Power Distributors in Bulgaria

Politics

EPP Reiterates Support for Outgoing Bulgarian PM
Bulgaria's Plevneliev Pledges Adherence to Democratic Principles to Barroso
EC Approves Project for Bulgaria's Struma Motorway
German CSU Member Seeks Return of Visas for Bulgarians, Romanians
Outgoing Bulgarian PM Remains in Hospital over Heart Problems
PES Leader Vows Not to Return as Bulgarian PM
Bulgaria's New Patriarch Visits Ailing Borisov in Hospital
Bulgarian President to Announce Snap Election Date Thursday
Bulgarian PM's Hypertensive Crisis Alleviated by Good Highway News
Bulgarian Socialists Refuse to Form Interim Cabinet
Bulgaria's Outgoing PM Likely To Be Released from Hospital
Bulgaria Socialists Expected to Refuse to Form Interim Govt
Bulgaria President to Give Socialists Mandate for Interim Govt

Society

Bulgarians Rally over Snubbed State Aid Pleas after Pernik Earthquake
Bulgarian Students Rebel against University Fee Hikes
Sofia University Students Protest Fee Hike
Italy's Hit Animated Series for Kids Come to Bulgaria
Bulgarian Hospitals with Debts of BGN 147.8 M

Views on BG

Bulgaria's Winter of Discontent
Bulgaria: De-population on a Massive Scale

World

Italy's Grillo Rules Out Coalition with Center-Left
Swiss Gunman Was Factory Employee, Police Say
Pope Benedict Bids Emotional Farewell at Last Audience
'Several Dead' in Swiss Shooting
Pope to Hold Final Audience in Vatican

Business

Lot 1 of Buglaria's Struma Highway Could Be Completed Jun 1

Lot 1 of Bulgaria's southwestern highway Struma – leading from Sofia to Greece – might be completed ahead of schedule, according to Simeon Peshov, President of construction firm Glavbolgarstroy.

Business | February 27, 2013, Wednesday // 17:43

Children 'Utilized' in Support of Varna Mayor

Children from a local track and field club have been implicated in a showcase campaign in support of Kiril Yordanov, the controversial four-term mayor of Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Varna.

Business | February 27, 2013, Wednesday // 15:30

Bulgarian-Italian Tie-In Contracted for Struma Highway Lot 2

Bulgaria will sign a contract on Wednesday with a Bulgarian-Italian tie-in to design and build Lot 2 of the Struma Highway connecting the towns of Dupnitsa and Blagoevgrad.

Business | February 27, 2013, Wednesday // 08:31

Nouriel Roubini Warns High Growth Crucial for Bulgaria

Bulgaria's mediocre growth is far from sufficient and may trigger new problems, such as an increase in non-performing loans, Nouriel Roubini, the economist dubbed "Dr Doom", warned in Sofia.

Business » Finance | February 27, 2013, Wednesday // 09:55

Electricity Prices in Bulgaria to Drop on March 1 – Outgoing Minister

Bulgaria's outgoing Economy and Energy Minister Delyan Dobrev has vowed that electricity prices will drop from March 1 without citing a concrete percentage.

Business » Energy | February 27, 2013, Wednesday // 17:43

CEZ Says No Reasons to Worry as Gendarmerie Storm Sofia HQ

Czech utility CEZ, which supplies power to over 2 million households and companies in western Bulgaria, claims its house is in order as prosecutors, tax officials and gendarmerie stormed its headquarters in Sofia earlier on Wednesday.

Business » Energy | February 27, 2013, Wednesday // 14:49

Gendarmerie Storm Power Distributor CEZ HQ in Sofia

Gendarmerie officers have stormed the premises of power distributor CEZ in Sofia.

Business » Energy | February 27, 2013, Wednesday // 14:31

Bulgarian Parliament Confirms Decision to Scrap Belene N-Plant

Bulgaria's Parliament confirmed Wednesday the country's decision to abandon the Belene nuclear power plant project.

Business » Energy | February 27, 2013, Wednesday // 14:19

Prosecutors Enter Premises of 3 Power Distributors in Bulgaria

Prosecutors from Sofia, Varna and Plovdiv and tax officials have entered the offices of the three power distributors functioning in Bulgaria, CEZ, EVN, and Energo Pro, to start inspections.

Business » Energy | February 27, 2013, Wednesday // 13:46

Politics

EPP Reiterates Support for Outgoing Bulgarian PM

The European Peoples' Party has reiterated its support for Bulgaria's outgoing Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and his center-right GERB party.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 27, 2013, Wednesday // 18:42

Bulgaria's Plevneliev Pledges Adherence to Democratic Principles to Barroso

President Rosen Plevneliev has acquainted President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso with the current situation in Bulgaria and the aspects of the economic and social crisis plaguing the country.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 27, 2013, Wednesday // 16:58

EC Approves Project for Bulgaria's Struma Motorway

The European Commission has approved the project for the construction of lots 1, 2, and 4 of the Struma motorway, according to Ivaylo Moskovski, Bulgaria's outgoing Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 27, 2013, Wednesday // 13:13

German CSU Member Seeks Return of Visas for Bulgarians, Romanians

Wilfried Scharnagl from Germany's Christian Social Union (CSU) has argued for an urgent reinstatement of the visa regime in order to stop a flood of poor immigrant Roma families from Bulgaria and Romania.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 27, 2013, Wednesday // 12:15

Outgoing Bulgarian PM Remains in Hospital over Heart Problems

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, who resigned last week, has been advised to remain in hospital, according to Lozenets hospital director Lyubomir Spasov.

Politics » Domestic | February 27, 2013, Wednesday // 19:35

PES Leader Vows Not to Return as Bulgarian PM

Bulgarian Socialist Party leader Sergey Stanishev has declared that he will not become the country's next Prime Minister even if his party wins the upcoming snap election.

Politics » Domestic | February 27, 2013, Wednesday // 16:50

Bulgaria's New Patriarch Visits Ailing Borisov in Hospital

Bulgaria's resigning Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, who has been hospitalized with a hypertensive crisis, has been visited in hospital by the new Patriarch of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Neofit.

Politics » Domestic | February 27, 2013, Wednesday // 16:24

Bulgarian President to Announce Snap Election Date Thursday

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has revealed that he is to announce the date for the country's snap election on Thursday.

Politics » Domestic | February 27, 2013, Wednesday // 15:56

Bulgarian PM's Hypertensive Crisis Alleviated by Good Highway News

Bulgarian's outgoing Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, who was admitted to hospital with a hypertensive crisis on Tuesday, felt much better when heard about the progress on the Struma motorway project, according to his Regional Development Minister.

Politics » Domestic | February 27, 2013, Wednesday // 15:20

Bulgarian Socialists Refuse to Form Interim Cabinet

The Bulgarian Socialist Party of former PM Sergey Stanishev expectedly returned the mandate it received for the formation of an interim government on Wednesday.

Politics » Domestic | February 27, 2013, Wednesday // 14:24

Bulgaria's Outgoing PM Likely To Be Released from Hospital

Bulgaria's outgoing Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, is expected to be released from the government hospital in the capital Sofia on Wednesday after he was rushed there late on Monday with hypertensive crisis.

Politics » Domestic | February 27, 2013, Wednesday // 07:22

Bulgaria Socialists Expected to Refuse to Form Interim Govt

Bulgarian Socialist Party leader Sergey Stanishev is expected to turn down the mandate he will receive on Wednesday for the formation of an interim government.

Politics » Domestic | February 27, 2013, Wednesday // 06:49

Bulgaria President to Give Socialists Mandate for Interim Govt

Bulgaria's President will give on Wednesday the mandate to form an interim government to the second largest group in parliament - the Bulgarian Socialist Party

Politics » Domestic | February 27, 2013, Wednesday // 06:48

Society

Bulgarians Rally over Snubbed State Aid Pleas after Pernik Earthquake

Some 200 local residents besieged Tuesday the municipality building in the Western Bulgarian city of Pernik with demands for compensations for damages from the May 22, 2012, earthquake.

Society » Environment | February 27, 2013, Wednesday // 18:14

Bulgarian Students Rebel against University Fee Hikes

Over 700 students from the University of National and World Economy (UNWE) in Bulgaria's capital Sofia have rallied against a 33% increase in their tuition fees.

Society » Education | February 27, 2013, Wednesday // 17:23

Sofia University Students Protest Fee Hike

Students from the Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski are staging a protest Wednesday afternoon against a planned fee hike.

Society » Education | February 27, 2013, Wednesday // 11:18

Italy's Hit Animated Series for Kids Come to Bulgaria

Italian animation studio Gruppo Alcuni has signed a deal with Bulgarian broadcaster TV7 for the distribution of the series Pet Pals 4, Slash://, H20oooh! and the feature film Pet Pals – Marco Polo's Code.

Society » Culture | February 27, 2013, Wednesday // 12:49

Bulgarian Hospitals with Debts of BGN 147.8 M

Bulgarian hospitals have run up debts of nearly BGN 147.8 M, with BGN 66.3 M of them owed by the Military Medical Academy in Sofia, according to statistics of the Finance Ministry for debts of hospitals since the beginning of the term in office of the GER

Society » Health | February 27, 2013, Wednesday // 15:39

Views on BG

Bulgaria's Winter of Discontent

By Mladen Abadzhiev

Views on BG | February 27, 2013, Wednesday // 12:09

Bulgaria: De-population on a Massive Scale

by Edward Hugh

Views on BG | February 27, 2013, Wednesday // 09:07

World

Italy's Grillo Rules Out Coalition with Center-Left

Italian comedian Beppe Grillo, whose Five-Star Movement (M5S) surprisingly came third in last weekend's elections, has ruled out a coalition with the centre-left.

World | February 27, 2013, Wednesday // 20:32

Swiss Gunman Was Factory Employee, Police Say

The gunman who killed two people and wounded seven others in a Swiss factory Wednesday was a 42-year-old employee of the factory, according to local police authorities.

World | February 27, 2013, Wednesday // 17:31

Pope Benedict Bids Emotional Farewell at Last Audience

The Pope will hold a final general audience in front of an estimated 150,000 pilgrims in St Peter's Square on Wednesday, the eve of his resignation.

World | February 27, 2013, Wednesday // 13:40

'Several Dead' in Swiss Shooting

Several people have been killed and seriously injured during a shooting at a factory near the Swiss city of Lucerne, BBC reported, citing police.

World | February 27, 2013, Wednesday // 13:16

Pope to Hold Final Audience in Vatican

The Pope will hold a final general audience in front of thousands of pilgrims in St Peter's Square on Wednesday, the eve of his resignation, BBC reported.

World | February 27, 2013, Wednesday // 07:28
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